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Thursday, December 30,2010

The best albums of 2010

Boulder Weekly breaks down the most fantastic releases of the year

By Adam Perry
To quote John Lennon, "Another year is over and a new one just begun," which means we meet again for Boulder Weekly's annual Best Albums of the Year.
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Thursday, December 23,2010

Dismal days in Denver

Need direction, Pat Bowlen? Look at Pittsburgh

By Adam Perry
The Denver Broncos - a franchise most remembered for winning the Super Bowl twice with John Elway at quarterback and fielding more than a dozen playoff teams from the '80s through the mid-'00s - are now in shambles.
Thursday, December 16,2010

Punching back in

Local songwriter Beth Preston starts making music after long hiatus

By Adam Perry
"Trying to do your own promotion and things like that definitely takes a lot of time and energy," Preston says, "and I definitely think that was part of my downfall before. I wasn't really supporting my heart and my music, and I was always wrapped up in the computer and phone calls and kind of stressed out all the time."
Thursday, December 2,2010

Life under Duran Duran

How bad ’80s music shaped Rob Sheffield’s life

By Adam Perry
For some, the bulk of popular music in the 1980s is looked back upon as a mere punch line. Flock of Seagulls? Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney doing "Say Say Say"? Poison? Bob Dylan hamming it up in a tacky video that found him earnestly singing,...
Thursday, November 18,2010

A Pandora's box of rock 'n' roll

Colorado band Ego Vs Id is not trying to be cool

By Adam Perry
In concert, Ego Vs Id has evolved into one the tightest, most professional-sounding rock groups in Colorado, the volatile Cook jumping all over the stage while EVI slashes its way through a brash, earnest and surprisingly original brand of countrified indie-rock and a few choice covers.
Thursday, October 21,2010

Country in a Custer mustache

Deer Tick mixes punk rock with Hank Williams

By Adam Perry
Four male musicians in their early 20s ramble on stage to the hoots and hollers of several hundred fans packing a small club or theater. The bassist is blond and clean-cut in glasses that give the impression his mother bought them as a Christmas present.
Thursday, September 16,2010

Filling the gaps of experience

Former Boulderite’s new book of poetry focuses on life’s “white noise”

By Adam Perry
There must be something in the mountain air. More and more young writers are coming to Boulder from far-flung American locales, unlearning who they thought they were as artists and people, and then (usually) moving on, spreading the cool, creative calm of Colorado elsewhere.
Thursday, August 12,2010

It’s good to see Phish again, regardless of imperfections

By Adam Perry
Monday and Tuesday, thousands of white people from all over the country gathered in the verdant splendor of Telluride to shout David Bowie’s name over and over beneath the mountains. In other words, after a much-needed five-year hiatus, the versatile, talented and amusing Vermont quartet Phish is back — and things have changed.
Thursday, July 15,2010

What's in a video game?

Impossible to ignore, the question arises: Are they art?

By Adam Perry
At this point, presumably, none among us understands exactly what that incredible amount of time and energy did to our minds and bodies. Still, I presume you, too, can feel pretty good knowing that your childhood video-game habit didnt progress into playing Grand Theft Auto.
Thursday, July 1,2010

Charles Bukowski uncovered

New writings by your favorite dirty old man hit the shelves

By Adam Perry
In his next at-bat, the puzzled player hits a screamer off the outfield wall but fails to leave the batters box, standing curiously still until the ball is thrown in to first base at which point he walks to the locker room to face the press as the story ends.